LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — Italy's Dominik Fischnaller posted the fastest time in both runs Sunday to win the World Cup luge season-opener, his first victory on the circuit.
Fischnaller had a track-record time of 49.172 seconds in his opening run and was two one-thousandths of a second away from matching that time in his second heat. His overall time was 1 minute, 38.346 seconds — 0.146 seconds ahead of Germany's David Moller (1:38.492).
Reigning world and Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany (1:38.497) took third. Fischnaller was seventh in the World Cup standings last season, winning a silver medal in Lake Placid and a bronze at Konigssee. But Sunday was his breakout performance, and marked just the third time in the last 19 World Cup races that a German man did not finish in the top spot.